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Mathematics and Philosophy - Course Outline

First Year

Courses

Mathematics:

  • Analysis
  • Algebra

Philosophy:

  • Introduction to philosophy
  • Elements of deductive logic

Assessment

Four three-hour written papers
First University exams

Second and Third Year BA

Courses

Mathematics:

  • Foundations (set theory and logic)
  • Core pure mathematics
  • Intermediate mathematics options

Philosophy:

  • Philosophy of mathematics
  • Further philosophy
  • Reality and knowledge or History of philosophy from Descartes to Kant

Assessment

Final university exams, part 'A' (second year)

  • Written papers on pure mathematics options and core

Final university exams, part 'B' (third year)

  • Six three-hour written papers, minimum two in Mathematics and three in philosophy

Fourth Year MMathPhil

Courses

Any three units from M-level
Mathematics (comprising a Mathematics dissertation) and M-level Philosophy (consisting of a Philosophy thesis)

Assessment

Final University exams
Part C
Units are mostly evaluated by a three-hour written paper and one 5,000-word essay for Philosophy subjects

The Course

There are two Mathematics and Philosophy degrees, a three-year BA and the four-year MMathPhil. Students are not asked to choose between them on their application and so long as their exam results in the second and third years. Students have an option either to complete an honours BA or continue to the fourth year for the MMathPhil.

The Mathematics units in this combined course are all from the single-subject Mathematics course. The standard in mathematics for admission to the combined course is similar as for admission to the single-subject Mathematics course. The compulsory core mathematics for the combined course includes the pure mathematics from the compulsory core for the single subject mathematics course.

The Philosophy course and philosophy units for the Mathematics are typically shared with the other combined courses with philosophy. It must be noted that all parts of the course in the first year are compulsory. In the second and third years, some of the units are compulsory including core philosophy and mathematics and bridge papers on philosophy of mathematics and on foundations (set theory and logic); however, students may choose options. In the fourth year, students have to choose any three Master's level units from Philosophy or Mathematics. Consequently, at that stage, students can specialize in the subject or they continue with both.

A Weekly Timetable

In the first two years, the course work is divided between lectures and tutorials in their college. In the third and fourth year, the same applies to subjects in Philosophy. Nevertheless, some of the Mathematics courses are associated to intercollegiate classes than tutorials in their college. Students have to spend third week working on their own, solving problems for Mathematics classes or tutorials and preparing essays for Philosophy tutorials.

Entrance Requirements

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 39 points, comprising core points
  • Or any other equivalent

The university expects that candidates to have Mathematics to A-level, Higher Level or Advanced Higher in the IB or any academic equivalent. Further Mathematics is also highly recommended.


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